Vin de Noix



  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 5 bottles ordinary red wine
  • 30 young walnuts, quartered
  • 675 g ( lb) sugar
  • zest of an orange
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 5 cloves


Pick young, green walnuts in late June or early July, when the shell is soft and can be easily cut through.

Mix all the ingredients in a glass jar, seal and leave in a cool, dark place until September. Sample and add more sugar or wine to taste. Bottle and keep until winter. It makes a wondrous warming Christmas aperitif. I was inspired to experiment with this by Bruno, the detective from Périgord, in the books of Martin Walker.